Tomorrow, February 12th, is the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year, the year of the Metal Ox. New beginnings are, once again, in store, with the sprouting of signs of spring everywhere, and I want to take the opportunity to wish you a healthy, prosperous, and joyful year ahead!
In the last couple of months, I have allowed myself time for contemplation, exploration, and developing ideas about better ways to serve. Many questions seems to revolve around sustaining healthful practices and/or breaking through plateaus. These have informed the design of my upcoming offerings:
1. Conversations about Taiji Learning and Practice. I know you are all tired of zoom, but humor me and join this relaxing evening chat where we talk about all things taiji or qigong - theory, practice, struggles and insights. Submit a question, or suggest a topic (you can simply reply to this email), or I'll choose a topic. There won't be a presentation, and it's not a class, though I may lead a few minutes of meditation. No need to register, just use the following link to join at the right time (next Thursday evening).
Time: Thursday Feb 18, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time
Zoom Meeting link:
Meeting ID: 878 6356 2777
2. Online courses. I'm developing two series of (semi-) self-paced online courses. One is Essential Foundations of Taijiquan, which includes Wuji Standing, Footwork, and Hand Movements. The first of the sequence, Wuji Qigong, will be released on March 1 and all of you will have free access (watch out for email announcement in the following week). This is a 4-week program complete with video instructions and daily audio guides (of various lengths) and weekly check-ins to help you build or jumpstart a daily practice. The second series is Classic Qigong, which also starts with Wuji, and will include Yi Jin Jing (Tendon-Muscle Strengthening Qigong / Tendon Transformation Canon), Six Healing Sounds, and Ba Duan Jin (Eight Pieces of Brocade). Like the Wuji course, each will be a 4-week program (some may be longer) to help students solidify learning and build a daily practice. These courses can be taken individually or in sequence, and repeated as many time as one would like. My hope is with the instructional materials online, learning and practice will be easier to structure and sustain.
3. Coaching. I will be offering 1:1 coaching to those who would like individual instructions, customized practice routines, ongoing support, or performance coaching (e.g., if you are preparing a routine for a competition). This is similar to private lessons but more individual-focused and student-centered. My goal is to help you figure out what your goals are, where you want improvement, and provide tools and guides for you to realize the desired improvement, rather than me setting goals for you. If you are curious how this would work (in-person or long distance), contact me!
Like many of you I can't wait till we can be in class again face-to-face, but I'm also excited about being able to offer what I can beyond geographical constraints. I hope you will join me next Thursday (Feb. 18) for an informal group chat and to reconnect. Until then, my warmest thoughts and wishes for you and your loves ones.
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